Magazine article The American Prospect

From the Executive Editor

Magazine article The American Prospect

From the Executive Editor

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It's been open season on American workers for three decades, but now, as the Republican right tries to abrogate collective-bargaining agreements and the social contract, workers are furiously fighting back. As the struggle to preserve worker rights in Wisconsin continues, this month's Prospect looks at the efforts of two embattled groups of workers--teachers and autoworkers--to keep the restructuring of their respective industries from reducing their jobs to mindlessness or just plain oblivion. Former Prospect associate editor DANA GOLDSTEIN reports on innovative schoolteachers in Colorado who are resisting "reformers'" efforts to reduce teaching to testing, while JIM GROSSFELD profiles new United Auto Workers President Bob King, who is rebuilding and redefining his union after the near-death experience of General Motors and Chrysler in 2009. In our columns, ANN FRIEDMAN and I look at the Wisconsin wars and what they may mean for workers', and liberals', ability to push back against the corporate right.

Our special report this month focuses on the world's largest private-sector employer--Wal-Mart. In recent years, the Bentonville behemoth has renewed its efforts to break into the urban markets of liberal, unionized Northeastern and West Coast cities. …

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